Would you believe? One of the secrets to finding freelance success is to get involved.
Get involved with organizations (like The Freelance Exchange!) … but don’t just join. Get the most out of your membership by becoming an active member. Go to events, participate in conversations in person and online, and yes, volunteer on committees and serve on boards.
That’s the pro tip. That’s the secret sauce.
That’s how so many of our FX members have found freelance success. By volunteering.
Because people like to work with (and refer!) those whom they know, like and trust.
So, you need to become that person!
People will send you work and referrals when they know:
- WHO you are
- that you’ll do good work
- you’re reliable
And a great way to do that is by giving back to the community.
In doing so, you can create a name for yourself and your business. You can establish and improve your professional reputation. And you can be rewarded greatly with new business and find freelance success.
Not only will you get warm fuzzies when you volunteer, you’ll also get to have your voice heard AND be able to make a difference for our organization and members.
Think of it as Part of Your Marketing Strategy
You probably post on social media. Maybe you have a website. You might send emails. What else can you do to improve your company’s reputation?
Obviously, there are tons of opportunities for self-promotion. And, if you’re self-employed, you may very well be seeking out free or inexpensive options to do so.
Newsflash! Volunteering fits that bill.
Just think … you could join a committee and help out with simple tasks. You could serve on the board as a Chair or Director, helping lead special projects or events. OR, you could even share your leadership skills on the Exec Board, helping guide the ship.
Each and every time you volunteer—in whatever capacity—you get the chance to:
- rub elbows with movers and shakers
- take ownership of the organization
- and be rewarded for your hard work
This is one very easy way to put your company on the map. And find freelance success with free PR!
Just by donating a bit of time here and there, you get plenty of opportunities to share about it!
You’ll now have an added reason to share something on social media. You can add that impressive bullet point on your bio or résumé. You could add it to your website and/or FX portfolio page. You might be listed on a leadership page. You might win a Volunteer of the Month award and get added recognition. You could even get a special name tag. Plus, as a bonus, you’ll make new friends!
There are endless benefits to volunteering. You just have to put yourself out there. Level up your business by volunteering, and reap the rewards with more referrals and more business.